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Denis Ryan (footballer)

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Date of birth  10 July 1916
Years  Club
Name  Denis Ryan
Original team  Albury Football Club
Height/Weight  187 cm / 83 kg
1935–1939  Fitzroy
Died  April 22, 1980

Date of death  22 April 1980(1980-04-22) (aged 63)
Role  Australian Rules Footballer

Denis 'Dinny' Ryan (10 July 1916 – 22 April 1980) was an Australian rules footballer who played for Fitzroy in Victorian Football League (VFL) during the 1930s.

Ryan debuted in the VFL in 1935 aged just 18 and started his career at centre half forward, topping Fitzroy's goalkicking in his debut season with 46 goals. He was moved to centre half back the following season as a result of his wayward kicking for goal and won the 1936 Brownlow Medal, making it the fifth Brownlow in the previous six years to have gone to a Fitzroy player.

In 1939 after injuring his knee, Ryan joined the army and fought in World War II, getting wounded at Tobruk, Libya. He never played football again as a result.

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